DISCODUST – A Playlist by Goldroom

The alternative music scene in the late 2000’s, fractured by pirating, hampered by slow-moving executives, had been left stuck in a MySpace-dominated, free-download-required limbo state. The concept of making money recording music seemed impossible, and yet new advances in recording software were allowing basically anyone to work with MIDI and audio to make music from home. The economy was crashing. PBRs were cheap. The music reflected all of this. What emerged was a generation of music producers hell-bent on making escapist electronic music with their computers. DIY club parties sprung up in every city, bolstered by passionate fans running music blogs, spreading the word about the latest and greatest from around the globe.

People often remember the sawtooth basslines of MSTRKRFT, the baroque dark chords and crackling drums of Justice, and the primal screams of The Rapture when they think of Blog House, which ended up defining the era’s music. A less celebrated and yet perhaps ultimately more influential corner of bloghouse was focused on adopting the new technology and incorporating pop song structures and more traditional melody craft, all with an eye towards writing timeless music.

This playlist, lovingly entitled DISCODUST after the influential blog of the same name, is here to celebrate this sexier corner of bloghouse – where groove and melody and vibe took precedent over pomp and extremism. It’s no mystery why bands like Odesza, Disclosure, RÜFÜS DU SOL, CHVRCHES, RAC, The Knocks, and more cite so many of these artists as inspiration.

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